The bodies of four people who were mauled and killed by wild dogs were found over the past two weeks in a park on the edge of Mexico City, authorities said Monday.
At least 10 wild dogs were involved in each attack where the victims were left with severe wounds bleeding to death . Mexico City prosecutors said in a statement.
Mexico City Public Safety Secretary Jesus Rodriguez told Milenio Television that the bodies were not dumped in the area as some had suggested. He said the victims had bite wounds that were inflicted while they were alive and other after they had died.
He has warned against visiting the park and said all the dogs in the area will be trapped and checked to see if they were involved.
At least 100 police officers were scouring the park in search of wild dogs. They had trapped 25 by Monday night, including 10 females, eight males and seven puppies. The dogs had been living in caves and crevices in the park, prosecutors said.
Neighbours of the Cerro de la Estrella, a partly wooded, hilltop park surrounded by the city’s poor and populous Iztapalapa district, first found the bodies of a 26-year-old woman and a 1-year-old child in the area on Dec. 29, authorities in Mexico’s capital said.
The woman, Shunashi Mendoza, was missing her left arm, and prosecutors said that both she and the boy had bled to death and been partially eaten.